My name is CJ Chretien and I teach at Manchester Central High School in Manchester, NH. We are a large comprehensive high school with about 1,600 students. We have a very diverse population representing over 60 countries/languages and about 40% of our students are on free or reduced lunch. I teach physics and engineering and work with the FIRST Robotics team. I was originally hoping to get the large X-Carve, but realized it would not work in our space and had to switch to the Carvey. I am excited for the Carvey because I think it will be so much easier to use in the regular classroom.
I am hoping to ramp up my knowledge of 3D design and fabrication. I want to learn Solidworks or Autodesk Inventor because we use those with the robotics team. So far these programs have been a real challenge for me. I like the ease of use that Easel offers, but it is not advanced enough for what I want to do with my robotics kids, but I will likely find myself starting there this school year.
Since the machine is coming late in the school year and I will still be learning it as well, I am thinking of having students build a Rube Goldberg machine that includes at least one part made on the Carvey. This will allow kids who are more comfortable designing parts on their own to go ahead. certain kids who get more comfortable designing parts they can go to town. Another idea is a mousetrap car that has all the parts made on the Carvey. I love the gear generator built into Easel!